Friday, the Assembly Appropriations Committee passed our Job Justice bills out of committee.  They are scheduled for a vote in the Assembly on Monday!  This wouldn’t have happened without all of your efforts!

Please take a few minutes to send an email to your Assembly members asking them to vote yes on these bills on Monday (https://www.njea.org/ch-78-and-esp-job-justice-bills-moving-in-assembly/) and read on for news about the budget and guidance for re-opening of school buildings in September.  (By the way, the legislature is supposed to be voting in-person on Monday.  The statehouse is still closed to the public.  Supposedly the members will be spread across the chamber and in the gallery to ensure social distancing, with minimal staff there.  You can watch or listen to the session here when it start.  It’s scheduled for 1 pm. https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/media/live_audio.asp?SESSION=2020).

On Thursday and Friday, committees in both houses of the legislature approved the “5th quarter” budget, covering July, August, and September, mostly following the administration’s recommendations. Added back to the budget is good news for our county colleges, whose operating aid, originally slated to be cut, was restored for the quarter.  (They still need more funding, but this is a start….)   Nonetheless, the budget is all-around a grim picture of the state’s finances, with most big expenses for September pushed to October.  You can read more about it here: https://www.njspotlight.com/2020/06/nj-state-budget-2020-lawmakers-move-plan-to-add-7-7-billion-keep-government-running/.

On Friday, the governor and commissioner of education announced reopening guidance.  You can read the plan here: https://www.nj.gov/education/reopening/NJDOETheRoadBack.pdf;  nj.com has written a few articles around the guidelines:

TAKE ACTION

SIGNED INTO LAW

  • S2383 / A4142 – Requires Commissioner of Education to establish three-year “Bridge Year Pilot Program” for certain students who were impacted by public health state of emergency caused by coronavirus disease 2019 (Monitor)

RESULTS FROM TUESDAY, JUNE 23

  • A970 – Requires public schools to administer written screenings for depression for students in certain grades. (Support with concerns) (Reported out of committee with committee amendments, 2nd reading in Assembly)
  • S693 – Requires Secretary of Higher Education to create and maintain database of Educational Opportunity Fund student admissions. (Support) (Reported out of committee, 2nd reading in Senate)

RESULTS FROM WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24

  • S2511 – Accelerates rescinding of certain juvenile delinquency fines and making discretionary post-incarceration supervision due to COVID-19 pandemic. (Support) (Reported out of committee, 2nd reading in Senate)

RESULTS FROM THURSDAY, JUNE 25

  • A3 – Amends and supplements FY20 appropriations act to effectuate extension of fiscal year through September 30, 2020; reduces authorized appropriations; makes FY20 supplemental appropriations of $7,745,997,000 in State funds and $4,586,243,000 in federal fund. (Monitor) (Reported out of committee, 2nd reading in Assembly)
  • S699 – Requires training for DOE arbitrators to include issues related to cultural diversity and bias. (Support) (Reported out of committee, 2nd reading in Senate)
  • S1512 – Requires DOE to maintain list of textbook vendors that use inclusive material and school districts to use textbooks from those vendors. (Support) (Reported out of committee, 2nd reading in Senate)
  • S2162 – Requires public schools, and nonpublic schools which receive federal funding, to provide students with information on rights afforded under Title IX, and provide contact information for Title IX coordinator. (Support) (Reported out of committee, 2nd reading in Senate)
  • S2486 – Establishes Clayton Model Pilot Program in DOE to provide school-based social emotional learning to students in grades kindergarten through five at certain public schools. (Support) (Reported out of committee, 2nd reading in Senate)
  • S2507 – Permits school district to use capital reserve account funds for certain expenses during state of emergency. (Support) (Reported out of committee, 2nd reading in Senate)
  • S2540 – Establishes Co-Curricular Activity Emergency Grant Program to support operations of co-curricular activities at public schools; appropriates $750,000. (Monitor) (Reported out of committee, 2nd reading in Senate)
  • S2558 – Ensures insurance coverage for certain persons attending school graduation exercises in July and August of 2020. (Monitor) (Reported out of committee with committee amendments, 2nd reading in Senate)
  • S2573 – Establishes position of State School Nurse Consultant in DOE to facilitate best practices in school nursing by advancing comprehensive school health services. (Support) Reported out of committee with committee amendments, 2nd reading in Senate
  • S2603 – Requires DOE to provide funds to school districts for acquisition of technology devices to address digital divide and requires districts to reimburse DOE from available federal funds. (Support) (Reported out of committee, 2nd reading in Senate)

RESULTS FROM FRIDAY, JUNE 26

  • A20/S2773 – Requires SEHBP and eligible employers that do not participate in the SEHBP to provide certain plans for public education employees and certain public education retirees. (Support) (Reported out of committee with committee amendments, 2nd reading in Assembly)
  • A631/S993 – Concerns arbitration for certain non-teaching school staff (Support) (Reported out of committee with committee amendments, 2nd reading in Assembly)
  • A4140/S2303 – Concerns subcontracting agreements entered into by public school districts and county colleges. (Support) (Reported out of committee, 2nd reading in Assembly)
  • A4227/S2558 – Ensures insurance coverage for certain persons attending school graduation exercises in July and August of 2020. (Monitor)
  • S20 – Amends and supplements FY20 appropriations act to effectuate extension of fiscal year through September 30, 2020; reduces authorized appropriations; makes FY20 supplemental appropriations of $7,745,997,000 in State funds and $4,586,243,000 in federal fund. (Monitor) (Reported out of committee, 2nd reading in Senate)

BILLS TO BE CONSIDERED MONDAY, JUNE 29

  • A3/S20 – Amends and supplements FY20 appropriations act to effectuate extension of fiscal year through September 30, 2020; reduces authorized appropriations; makes FY20 supplemental appropriations of $7,745,997,000 in State funds and $4,586,243,000 in federal fund (Monitor)
  • A20/S2273 – Requires SEHBP and eligible employers that do not participate in the SEHBP to provide certain plans for public education employees and certain public education retirees. (Support)
  • A631/S993 – Concerns arbitration for certain non-teaching school staff. (Support)
  • A1408/S973 – Requires Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development to establish apprenticeship mentoring program for women, minorities, and persons with disabilities. (Support)
  • A4004 – Establishes Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic Task Force on Racial and Health Disparities. (Monitor)
  • A4006 – Postpones New Jersey Quality Single Accountability Continuum (NJQSAC) review for certain school districts to accommodate disruption due to COVID-19 pandemic. (Support)
  • A4140/S2303 – Concerns subcontracting agreements entered into by public school districts and county colleges. (Support)
  • A4331/S2511 – Accelerates rescinding of certain juvenile delinquency fines and making discretionary post-incarceration supervision due to COVID-19 pandemic. (Support)
  • ACR171 – Petitions federal government for emergency response funding to help schools expand access to online instruction among economically disadvantaged students. (Support)
  • AJR171 – Designates July 13th as “Black Lives Matter Day” in New Jersey. (Support)
  • S19 – Designates June 19, known as Juneteenth Day, as State and public holiday. (Support)
  • S485 – Requires school bus driver’s complete motor vehicle driving record be shared with board of education or school bus contractor and local police. (Monitor)
  • S2573 – Establishes position of State School Nurse Consultant in DOE to facilitate best practices in school nursing by advancing comprehensive school health services. (Support)
  • S2558 – Ensures insurance coverage for certain persons attending school graduation exercises in July and August of 2020. (Monitor)

WHEN IS THE LEGISLATURE MEETING AGAIN?

  • Monday, June 29 – Assembly and Senate Voting Session
  • Tuesday June 30 – Assembly and Senate Voting Session

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